1 Behold a Stranger at the door!
He gently knocks, has knocked before,
Has waited long, is waiting still;
You treat no other friend so ill.
2 But will He prove a friend indeed?
He will; the very Friend you need;
The Friend of sinners--yes, 'tis He,
With garments dyed on Calvary.
3 O lovely attitude! He stands
With melting heart and laden hands;
O matchless kindness! and He shows
This matchless kindness to His foes.
4 Admit Him ere His anger burn;
His feet, departing, ne'er return;
Admit Him, or the hour's at hand
When at His door denied you'll stand.
5 Oh, let the heavenly Stranger in,
Let in thy heart His reign begin.
Admit Him, open wide the door,
And He will bless thee evermore.
|First Line:||Behold a Stranger at the door!|
|Title:||Behold a Stranger at the Door|
|Author:||Joseph Grigg (1765, cento)|
|Topic:||Carols and Spiritual Songs|
|Arranger:||Lowell Mason (1824)|
|Source:||First Gregorian Chant (based on)|